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Montreuil-Bellay - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Maine-et-Loire

Medieval city in a green setting, Montreuil-Bellay combines the assets. The old stones in number have earned him the ranking of many monuments, while its exceptional natural environment has earned him his labeling in green station. There are no less than eight villages that make up the commune: Méron, Balloire, Chaumont, Panreux, Trézé, Champ de Liveau, La Motte Bourbon and Lenay. Built on the banks of the Thouet, the village stretches in a countryside only 18 kilometers from Saumur and the banks of the Loire.

It takes its name from the vassal Giraud Berlay, to whom the Comte d'Anjou had entrusted the administration of the commune. A dungeon is built in 1026 on a hillock and the village unfolds at its feet. Cereal production and vineyards drive the economy of the commune as well as the transport of goods by river. Today, the village thrives thanks to its exceptional historical heritage.

Geographical information

Tourism labels
Latitude47.1314240 (N 47° 7’ 53”)
Longitude-0.1561190 (W 0° 9’ 22”)
AltitudeFrom 29m to 73m
Surface area48.96 km²
Population4244 inhabitants
Density86 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureAngers (56 km, 56 min)
Insee code49215
IntercommunalityCA Saumur Val de Loire
TerritoriesAnjou, Loire Valley
RegionPays de la Loire

Nearest cities & towns

Vaudelnay6.1 km (9 min)
Brossay6.6 km (7 min)
Saint-Just-sur-Dive7.6 km (9 min)
Saint-Martin-de-Sanzay7.8 km (12 min)
Le Puy-Notre-Dame7.9 km (10 min)
Le Coudray-Macouard8.9 km (10 min)
Épieds8.9 km (15 min)
Antoigné9 km (11 min)
Cizay-la-Madeleine9.6 km (15 min)
Brion-près-Thouet9.7 km (10 min)
Pouançay10.3 km (11 min)
Courchamps10.9 km (12 min)
Distré11.6 km (11 min)
Artannes-sur-Thouet11.8 km (14 min)
Berrie12 km (14 min)

Things to see and do

The visit begins of course by the medieval castle. Imposing and magnificent, you can not miss it. Today become wine property, it will be the opportunity to make one stone, two blows. Indeed, the castle and the gardens are visited by appointment then you can taste the local vintage. If the original building was built in 1025, enlargements were made in the 15th and 16th centuries. Besides the majesty of the exterior, the interior is fully furnished. You will be able to admire the kitchen, the canons' house, the cellars, the dining room, the Duchess's room, the large living room, the music room and the staircases. Outside, you will see the ramparts, the high garden and other curiosities perfectly preserved.

If the castle is a remarkable vestige of the past, historical monuments are legion in Montreuil-Bellay. It is difficult to mention only a few such as the Saint-Jean hospital of the 15th century, the parish church of Saint-Pierre or the former convent of the Augustinians of the seventeenth century. The best way is to take a walk in the village and follow the circuit provided by the Tourist Office to enjoy and discover all the rich heritage of this city. Craftsmen also open the door to their workshops. Pottery and bookbinding are among others to visit.

Nature activities are also at the rendezvous of your destination. Le Thouet is ideal for canoeing. You can also go hiking, horseback riding and cycling on the marked trails that allow you to traverse meadows and undergrowth to meet local flora and fauna. Of course, the fishermen will meet on the shores of the streams to fill their bag of fresh fish.

Places of interest

Information points
Performance halls

Events and festivities

Contemporary art exhibition


Castle of Montreuil-Bellay
Castle of Montreuil-Bellay
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Castle of Montreuil-Bellay
Castle of Montreuil-Bellay
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Castle of Meron
Castle of Meron
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Night visit and summer activities
Night visit and summer activities
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The city of Montreuil-Bellay
The city of Montreuil-Bellay
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Tuesday 9 august
Min. 17°C - Max. 34°C
Wednesday 10 august
Min. 18°C - Max. 35°C
Thursday 11 august
Min. 19°C - Max. 35°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Guided tour of Ternay Castle
Culture and education10 € Ternay (13.4 km)
Saumur Forest Aventures leisure park
Nature and the great outdoors23 € Saint-Hilaire-Saint-Florent (15.3 km)
Karting on the Loudun circuit
Sports sensations5 € to 16 € Bournand (18.9 km)
Dog sled ride
Nature and the great outdoors17 € to 27 € Doué-en-Anjou (20 km)
Discovery walk and activities with llamas
Nature and the great outdoors8 € Tuffalun (22 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Ternay Castle Park
HikeEasy2h00Ternay (13.4 km)
The Great Sacred Path
HikeEasy3h00Mouterre-Silly (23 km)
Rose Circuit
Village visitEasy40 minGennes-Val-de-Loire (25 km)
Bike tour "the Loop of the Loir"
All-terrain bike itineraryIntermediate2h10Seiches-sur-le-Loir (52 km)
Between the Loire and the hedged farmland
Cycling itineraryEasy2h00Saint-Martin-du-Fouilloux (53 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals



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